Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Suspect dies after Jacksonville police Taser him

Associated Press
11:47 PM EST, November 20, 2007 (via Orlando Sentinel)

JACKSONVILLE - A man died Tuesday after police Tasered him because he fled a car crash and tried to break into a nearby home, authorities said. It was the second Taser related death for the agency in three days.

The man, who was not identified, crashed a car into a parked sport utility vehicle and then tried to enter an occupied home.

Authorities said the suspect struggled with an officer, prompting the officer to Tase him three times. The man continued to fight and tried to bite the officer while he was being Tased, The Florida Times-Union reported.

The man was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Another suspect died Sunday after Jacksonville police Tased him during a struggle. Authorities said Christian Allens shoved an officer who pulled over his truck for loud music before he and his passenger ran away. Firefighters cleared Allens medically after the incident, but he went into cardiac arrest a short time later and died. Allens was carrying a loaded handgun.

A telephone call to police Tuesday night by The Associated Press was not immediately returned.

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